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Seahouses harbour improvements.
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It hasn't been immediately obvious why holes were being dug in our harbour! Enquiries were instituted with the authority of seahouseswebsite. Apparently the latest improvements being carried out include upgrading the electrical lighting and power systems, with advantages in terms of convenience, reliability and safety. Thought you might like to know.

The new pattern along the north side of Main Street includes the iconic Post Office sign: between Boots' pharmacy cross and the clock, Corklee News at number 26 Main Street (NE68 7RQ) now incorporates the Post Office. Facilities include postal services; Post Office card account; cash deposits and withdrawals (chip & pin); postal orders; moneygram; electronic bill payments; car tax; e top-ups; and euro and other travel currencies. Remarkably, all those are now available from 7.00 am to 7.30 pm Monday to Saturday: 7.00 am to 5.00 pm on Sunday. Postmistress in charge is Judi.

There's a rare opportunity to join the commercial resources of this seaside village community. Number 35 Main Street is a modest retail outlet right in the centre of the shopping section of Main Street. It's available to rent: details are available from the agents on 01665 603581.

New pages have been added to this seahouseswebsite showing all the roads in Seahouses and North Sunderland. There are listings by names and by locations on the Streets page. Estate and long-distance routes are shown on the Footpaths map.


It has not been a good year for sea-bird breeding. Chief suspect is a shortage of suitable food species out at sea - for whatever reason. Nest building was normal, but egg laying was very late and apparently sparse. The first and only chick spotted on the golf course cliffs so far was on the 6th of June. And by the looks of it, it had already succumbed to something deadly. O dear.
Kittiwakes and chick.

Sue Ryder Charity boat trip..

Thanks to Billy Shiel Ltd there were indeed GLAD TIDINGS for the special "Ride For Ryder" evening boat trip around - and landing on - the Farne Islands, with all fares in aid of the Sue Ryder charity. All aboard in doubtful weather, it was then off to enjoy some late sunshine seeing the bird sanctuaries and seal colonies at first hand.


The 2015 edition of the Seahouses Calendar is now available from the Sue Ryder charity shop at 11 Main Street, Seahouses, between Pinnacles and the Olde Ship Hotel at the sea end of the village. Produced locally, well over half the cover price of £4.95 is retained by the charity.

Twelve iconic Seahouses pictures adorn the cover: each then features on its own month display along with public holidays and other events, leaving space for your own appointments and notes. A plain white envelope is included.

If you are unable to call in, phone the Sue Ryder shop on 01665 721652 instead.
Front cover of the calendar.
BLESSING OF THE BOATSBlessing service at the Lifeboat Station.
Under the aegis of Farne Churches Together the Reverend Canon Judy Glover was principal celebrant at the service for the Blessing of the Boats on the last Saturday afternoon of June, assisted by Carole. Officials, residents and visitors attended the service of a psalm and a reading, hymns and prayers, with congregational involvement. Among all the RNLI boats and vehicles on the apron of Seahouses Lifeboat Station, hesitant sunshine also blessed the occasion.

Outside and inside the Pizzaria.
The Seahouses Pizzería is now at sixty-eight and a half Main Street! Little did proprietor Peter think, when he came to live and set up his business in the village in 2012, that his customer base would run out of space so soon. Takeaways were never a problem, but demand for tables overwhelmed the seating area available. Craftily, he moved his kitchen and usual offices into spare space next door. So as from the end of June, sixty 'covers' can now be accommodated each evening, from 5.00 pm to last orders at 9.00 pm (10.00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays).

SUMMER GARDEN PARTYGarden party with cream teas.
Mr David Donaldson's fascinating multi-'roomed' garden was transformed into a market on the warm, calm, afternoon of Wednesday, the 25th of June. There were books and bric-a-brac; a raffle; cakes and tombola; but chiefly cream teas for consumption while seated by the lawns or on the patio. Even Mr and Mrs Mallard attended, but were not seen to contribute to the magnificent £580 generated at the event in aid of St. Paul's Church.

St Paul's Concert.
Hosted by the Vicar, Reverend Canon Judy Glover, the recent Concert at St. Paul's church provided more than two hours of very varied music, suiting all tastes. In fact you'd need to be a mathematician to keep track of all the permutations and combinations of the musicians. "Carole and Friends" included Jack, Pam, Chris and Harry as well as Russell and Andy in various formations. Group singers became soloists: vocalists became instrumentalists. John's organ offerings mutated from the Widor Toccata to 'A Bicycle Made For Two'. The colourful and noisily talented Seahouses Middle School Steel Band was uniformly directed by Pat Adamson with offerings originating from conventional melodies and 007. Even there though, players interchanged places between items. All told - a jolly good evening!

King Street installation.
Following on after the apparent priority afforded to North Sunderland reported earlier, the Seahouses epicentre of our community has now been provided with fibre-optic broadband resources too.  Background information is available through Northumberland County Council: detailed queries can be addressed to Northumberland's independent investment advice team at Arch Digital.
Southfield Avenue installation.

Car park preparations.
Seahouses was again chosen as the starting point for a charity cycle ride. On the first of June all the proudly T-shirt-wearing participants set off in calm sunshine on a 55-mile 'cycle sportive' Ride for Red down to Newcastle's Quayside in aid of the bright red blood-cancer charity. Full details are on their website.

Orchid and bee on the golf course.
The sand dunes and sandy soils north and south of Seahouses play host to the northern marsh orchid, here visited by what is thought to be a white-tailed bumblebee.

Kestrels are not commonly thought of as coastal birds. This specimen, nicely posed for us on the beach below Snook Point, has evidently wetted some feathers during its trip to the seaside.
Kestrel on Snook beach.

Whoever heard of fine-weather bank holidays? Well it happened at Seahouses for the late May 'Spring Bank Holiday'. Almost uninterrupted sunshine brought the crowds along to make the most of beaches, boats and beautiful scenery. Official car parks quickly filled; any road lacking double yellow lines was fair game for temporary accommodation. Eventually the overflow reached the very edges of the village, as with this congregation near the Quarryfield edge of the golf course. The moral? Visit Seahouses on any non-holiday date whenever you can!
Golf course car park!

The Seahouses Tea Towel.

For the first time ever, so far as we can learn, there is now a purpose-designed SEAHOUSES TEA TOWEL. Rather larger than your average kitchen accessory, it measures 20" wide and 30" long. Photographic images show a boat trip "To the Farne Islands and Holy Island"; "North Beach"; "Thrift"; "Busy harbour in the centre of the village"; "Orchid"; "Smoke-house kippers"; "Fresh sea food" lobster; "Angler boat"; "Countryside too" across farmland to the Cheviots; "Beach rides"; "South beach"; "Railway walk"; and "RNLB Grace Darling".
Stockists include Drift and Polka Dot in the Main Street centre of the village; Swallow Fish in South Street just off the Coast Walk route; and the Tourist Information Centre on the main car park. The concensus indicates a retail price of £4.99 each.
GOLF BALL RECYCLING in aid of R N L I Lifeboats:
The Resource Centre, 62 Main Street, Seahouses.
All contributors and purchasers welcome!
RNLI logo.

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